Friday 7th December 2018
Author: Jordan Yates. @EvRacing_
There’s a decent card to be had this Friday at Sandown on the eve of Tingle Creek day with the feature being the Grade 2 Ballymore Winter Novices Hurdle which is a contest that’s ridden over a distance of two miles and three furlongs. It see’s the highly thought of Down The Highway head affairs for Emma Lavelle on the back of his dominant display the last day at Lingfield when bolting up by seven lengths. There’s likely a lot more to come from this winning Irish pointer and he’s currently trading at a general 11/4 in the betting. Aidan Coleman is in the saddle. Paul Nicholls French recruit My Way is set to make his UK debut here following a string of placed efforts back in France and he’s the mount of Adrian Heskin. Darlac represents Colin Tizzard following a solid fourth placed effort in a decent Cheltenham race last time. That’s solid form and it wouldn’t be a surprise should he be involved again here in this particular affair under Robbie Power.
Mercy Mercy Me was seven lengths behind the market leader despite going off the 8/13 favourite the last day and the Fergal O’Brien charge has work to do should he reverse the placings here. Truckin Away got the better of a decent opponent last time when winning impressively at Ffos Las for Phillip Hobbs, it’s likely he’ll come on again for that and progress further here, he’s a general 8/1 chance and has the services of Michael Nolan in the saddle. Alan King has won this race four times and he sends the unbeaten Alsa Mix to take her chance here. Winner of all three of her starts to date and an intriguing contender to say the least under Wayne Hutchinson.
“This is a fascinating contest of which half of the field are in my Tracker. Down The Highway is probably the correct favourite based on the manner of his win last time. Alan King has a fine record in this so Alsa Mix should certainly be feared and one I’m most interested in is Darlac for Colin Tizzard. He has experience at this level with his fourth placed effort last time in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham and that could just prove a key factor.”
Picture Credit: Alan Crowhurst